English : Standard American English Essay
In understanding the importance of language, one must understand the language they speak. In my case, the language is English – Standard American English to be exact. Where I live, English is the native tongue (for most), and no matter where you are, you are always being judged on how well you speak it. If you speak too proper, then you aren’t considered “black” enough, yet if you slaughter the language, then you are just showing your ethnicity.
When I go home for the holidays, I tend to have this problem. Knowing that I am an English major, when I speak to people, I like to put my best foot forward. I do this for two reasons: the first being that I like for people to understand what I mean when I am speaking to them; the second being that I prefer to keep a professional appearance wherever I go.
The only down side to this, I suppose, is when I go home; the people think that maybe I am a show off. For the most part, the majority of the people from my neighborhood did not attend college or even complete high school in some instances. When they see me and want to have a conversation to catch up because it’s been a while, I have a problem with whether or not I should compromise my education. On one hand, I want to speak slang rather than Standard English because I know I wouldn’t have to stop and explain words, thus allowing the conversation to run smoothly. On the other hand, I would like to speak the way I have learned to speak so that they see I…